“No story has a happy ending unless you stop telling it before it’s over”
Very well edited and put together.
There's quite a bit to enjoy here with some big actors, miniature battles and an intriguing way of utilising maps and battle plans. The use of WW1-esque iconography during the battle scenes also allows them to have some impact. The nationalism still comes through however whilst the cheapness of the production becomes more and more apparent. Also, some scenes seem to go on for a terribly long time
This was just spectacular through and through with the final act leaving me speechless.
Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji seems to join two eras of Japanese cinema together, with its charming sense of humour and humanity that could make it a contemporary with the works of Yamanaka and Ozu (Ozu and Shimizu are both credited as some sort of producers) whilst its themes of class and its brutailty almost definetly inspired Hara-Kiri and the other 'cruel Jidai-Geki'.
This makes sense…